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Course overview

In2Tennis offer a broad range of courses

We aim to cater for players of all ages and standards. We follow the LTA competition framework which sets out a player development pathway that progresses from a 3 year old to an 18 year old.
Courses are booked and paid for in half-term/ termly blocks. This guarantees good coach:player ratios, allows for the Coaches to work through a systematic plan for the term, allows for continuity with the same Coach, allows the children to make friends with their peers

Tiny tots

This is aimed at 3-4 year olds & is either 30 minutes or 45 minutes long to allow for a short attention of these children! Lessons are delivered in a fun way & cover: movement, coordination, physical literacy skills; running, hopping, jumping, throwing, basic hitting & rallying skills

In all Mini Tennis Red, Orange & Green sessions, players learn:

  • Basic co-ordination skills starting with throwing & catching & basic racket skills
  • Practice basic movement skills - running, hopping, skipping, jumping, side-stepping all of the movements they'll need to play the game
  • Develop the overarm & underarm throw to help learn the overarm serve & to be able to work with another player accurately
  • Have controlled rallies against another players in a small area if they are beginners & a full court if they are able
  • Rally on a full size court against the Coach
  • Learn to serve, rally & score
  • We try to get players to rally, score & play a match from the earliest possible age

Mini Tennis Red

This is the first stage of your child's development. It is a great way for children aged 5-8 to learn all round sporting skills & to start to learn the basic skills needed to play the game. In the first stage of Red players usually play once a week for either 1 hour or 45 minutes.  It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots. A foam or felt ball is used which is 75% slower than a yellow ball which means its easier to hit & achieve success.
Mini Tennis Red is played on a court with dimensions of 11m x 5.5m or 12m x 6m is used so players play across a regular court. A shorter racket of 43cm – 58 cm (17” – 23”) is recommended depending on the size and strength of the player. (Click on our link to equipment for more info)
Players get a British Tennis Membership number and rating when they sign up for a course & are encouraged to play fun competitions in teams and as individuals, with short matches using tie-break scoring.

Depending on which venue you play at there may be 2 or 3 levels within Red.

Once the players have mastered these skills above they may be invited to join the Red Academy group where we would expect:

  • Players to be playing in 2 squads per week
  • Having regular individual lessons
  • Competing approximately once a month

During these sessions players will:

  • Start to develop more advanced technique on their groundstrokes
  • Have more focus on grips, swing paths & contact points
  • Develop more advanced tactical skills
  • Learn to play tie-breaks & be able to score independently

Mini Tennis Orange

Orange is the 2nd stage of Mini Tennis. Players will play Orange tennis when they are 8 or 9. Lessons are usually for 1 hour.  It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics.
It is the next stage before playing on a full sized court and helps players develop different shots and tactics.
An orange ball is used which is 50% slower than a yellow ball, giving players better control at this important stage of development.
Mini Tennis Orange is played on a 18m x 6.5m court. A racket of 58cm – 63 cm (23” – 25”) should be used depending on the size and strength of the player. (Click on the link to equipment for more info).
At Mini Tennis Orange there are team and individual competitions with matches using tie-break scoring - usually the best of three tie-breaks.

Depending on which venue you play at there may be 2 or 3 levels within Orange.

Orange Academy sessions operate for those who are ready to train more often & play in external competitions and who train at least twice a week.

Players will:

  • Attend LTA Talent ID days
  • Continue more advanced technique on their groundstrokes
  • Develop more advanced tactical skills & starting to use their strengths
  • Learn to play Orange matches (best of 3 tie-breaks) & score independently

Mini Tennis Green

This is the final stage which is played on a full court.  Mini Tennis Green is for players aged 9 & 10 and is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and improve all aspects of their game.
A green ball is used, which is 25% slower than a yellow ball.
Mini Tennis Green is played on a normal size court. Doubles matches should also be played on a normal size court with singles sticks in place (if available).
A bigger racket of 63cm – 66cm (25” – 26”) should be used but not compulsory. (Click on the link to equipment for more info)
At Mini Tennis Green there are individual and team competitions, with scoring extended to short sets.

Yellow ball

Yellow ball groups are aimed at players of 10 and over and a regular ball is used in the full court - skills that have already been learnt are built on or new skills are developed.

Different venues may provide groups according to standard of yellow players or may offer groups according to age eg 11-13’s and 14-16’s. (See each club’s application form for more information.)

Academy groups

These groups are designed for those players who are ready to commit to playing twice a week or more and are usually by invitation only. We expect these players to be able to fulfil certain technical and tactical skills to be accepted onto these groups.
We recommend these players are playing twice a week or more, having individual lessons and are competing regularly.

Timed Tennis

During all sessions players will play timed tennis matches which will go towards their LTA rating. These are matches against other players in their group. Red matches are 10 minutes, Orange 15 minutes & Green & Yellow 20 minutes.

External competitions

As players progress through the groups we encourage them to start to take part in external competitions at other clubs. Your coaches will tell you when they think you're ready. You can find and enter these competitions on the LTA website

Cardio Tennis

Cardio Tennis is a high energy fitness activity to music that combines the best features of the sport of tennis with cardiovascular exercise, delivering the ultimate, full body, calorie burning aerobic workout. It is a very social and fun class for players of all ability levels and research has shown you can burn off up to 600 calories in an hour.
If you’ve never played tennis before it is a great way to be introduced to the sport and if you are an experienced high level tennis player it is the best way to train for tennis.

Parents role

  • Encourage your child to play as much as possible
  • Try to play with your child as much as you can - avoid teaching, just try to keep the rallies going!
  • Try to set up practice for your child with other players from their group
  • Keep your child's tennis up during the holidays!

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